Road Show for Reporters in June

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Journalists will learn how to maximize their beats at the 2011 Road Show for Reporters.

Two nearly identical workshops will emphasize the Beat Basics theme of the annual seminars sponsored by Indiana Associated Press Managing Editors and HSPA Foundation.

The first Road Show will be Thursday, June 16 at Chapman’s Restaurant in Bloomington. The second will be Thursday, June 23 at the Geneva Center in Rochester.

Road Show for Reporters – Bloomington

What’s on the agenda: Get tips on covering cops, courts, education and photography, plus AP style and editing basics.

When: 9: 45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 16, 2011.

Where: Chapman’s Restaurant, 300 S. State Road 446, Bloomington, IN 47401.

Cost: $30 by May 27. $40 after May 27. Lunch will be provided.

Registration: Look for the brochure mailed to your newsroom or click here to download a registration form.

 

Road Show for Reporters – Rochester

What’s on the agenda: Get tips on covering cops, education and photography, plus AP style and editing basics.

When: 9: 45 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Thursday, June 23, 2011.

Where: Geneva Center, 5282 North Old US 31, Rochester, IN 46975.

Cost: $30 by June 3. $40 after June 3. Lunch will be provided.

Registration: Look for the brochure mailed to your newsroom or click here to download a registration form.

Both Road Shows will include sessions on the education beat, covering courts and police, photography for reporters, public access to information, avoiding editing errors, and AP style.

The cost is $30 per person by the early-bird deadline of May 27 for the Bloomington Road Show and June 3 for the Rochester one. After that, registration fees of $40 per person are due by June 10 for the Bloomington event and June 17 for the Rochester date. Lunch will be provided.

Journalists can register by filling out and returning the brochure that HSPA Foundation mailed to newsrooms. To download a registration brochure, click here and scroll down to the desired Road Show for Reporters session.

Road Show speakers will bring a variety of experiences, said Karen T. Braeckel, HSPA Foundation director.

“From reporters to editors, legal counsel to assistant AP bureau chief with international experience and even a law enforcement officer at the Rochester Road Show, our speakers bring a wide range of skills to share with attendees,” she said.

Ed Breen, a longtime Indiana newspaper photographer, reporter and editor, will lead a session on techniques reporters can use when they need to be photographers too.

Reporters should bring a point-and-shoot camera for the hands-on lesson.

Steve Key, HSPA’s executive director and general counsel, offers advice on legal questions to member newspapers and represents HSPA before the Indiana General Assembly.

He will discuss reporters’ rights concerning the Open Door Law and Access to Public Records Act.

Laura Lane, a criminal justice and rural world reporter for The Herald-Times (Bloomington), will share her ideas for covering the courts and cops beats, including ways to cover these areas, attract readers and cultivate sources.

Patrick McDowell, The Associated Press’ assistant chief of bureau for Illinois and Indiana, will lead a session on what editors expect reporters to know from the AP Stylebook. Attendees will learn things they didn’t know were in the stylebook and brush up on some basic rules.

Bethany Nolan, K-12 education reporter for The Herald-Times (Bloom­ington), will offer ideas on helping readers understand changes in education legislation and on developing must-read story ideas.

Tracy Warner, editorial page editor at The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne), will help reporters avoid writing pitfalls that drive editors up the wall.

Walker Conley, the Fulton County sheriff, describes himself as an old-school cop who has made hundreds of arrests during his 25-year law enforcement career. He will offer his take on covering the cops beat from the other side of the notebook.

Karen Francisco, senior editorial writer and an education blogger at The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne), will discuss changes in education stemming from the 2011 session of the Indiana General Assembly and how to help readers understand them.

The annual Road Show workshops always provide excellent training at a low cost for HSPA members, Braeckel said.

“We hope you’ll join us in Bloomington or Rochester,” she said.

For more information on the Road Show for Reporters, click here and scroll down to the desired Road Show for Reporters session or call (317) 803-4772.